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Machine Guarding Safety Protect Workers from Amputations

Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. Machine Guarding Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.

 

MAKE SURE ALL MACHINERY IS EQUIPT WITH SAFETYGUARDS!!!!

 

Chemical Safety hazards, Check List tips

 

Chemical safety hazards safety list

◾label containers to identify and warn of the hazardous chemicals contained inside

◾use self-closing valves on containers with flammable liquids

◾ensure a bonding system was used when dispensing flammable chemicals into secondary containers

◾provide and maintain suitable eyewash stations

◾maintain respiratory protection standards

◾train workers on confined space requirements

◾require eye protection

◾unblock access to fire extinguishers

Why’s the healthcare industry neglected?

Healthcare workers not receiving enough protection from OSHA with the highest number of worker injuries, this industry is one of the least protected by OSHA. A report by Public Citizen shows that healthcare workers suffer more annual injuries and illnesses on the job than any other industry, OSHA conducts few facility inspections due to a lack of existing safety standards.

About 650,000 healthcare employees sustain injuries or illnesses each year. This blows past the second most affected industry, manufacturing. To issue citations for ergonomic problems, OSHA must use the General Duty Clause, which states that employers have a duty to protect employees from recognized hazards that could lead to injury or death. The construction industry receives the most OSHA inspections. The agency inspects one-twentieth as many healthcare facilities as construction sites, even though the number of healthcare workers more than doubles construction workers. OSHA has launched a new campaign to protect healthcare workers from the hazards that lead to MSDs. These workers will receive information about controlling hazards and implementing a zero-lift program, which uses special lifting equipment to minimize the worker’s exertion. The campaign will raise awareness and benefit healthcare workers.

SeaWorld Trainer Killed by Whale

SeaWorld says it won’t appeal an OSHA fine connected with the death of an animal trainer working with killer whales. This means OSHA’s use of the General Duty Clause (GDC) in this case will stand. The U.S. Supreme Court won’t get to consider it. The agency uses the GDC when there are no specific federal safety regulations that pertain to a workplace hazard. Such was the case with trainers working with killer whales at SeaWorld theme parks. SeaWorld had argued that OSHA’s use of the GDC in the February death of trainer Dawn Brancheau was overly broad. The OSHRC did downgrade the citation from willful to serious and reduced the total fines from $75,000 to $12,000. SeaWorld had been opposing in court. Arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, that using barriers to abate the hazard of contact between the trainers and whales as suggested by OSHA would create additional hazards for its employees. It also argued not allowing trainers in the water with whales during shows would hurt its business. The court upheld the OSHRC decision. The trainers haven’t been back in the water with the whales since the appeals court upheld the OSHRC

Happy Monday! Play it safe: Prevention Tips

Keeping safe at the workplace

Fall Prevention

  • Keep clutter and electrical cords out of pathways
  • Use a stepladder, not a chair, if you need to reach for something
  • Be aware of the condition of your floors: Tile tends to get slippery easily, while carpet provides more traction

Lifting

  • Lift with your knees: Use your leg muscles, not your back muscles, to pull yourself up
  • Hold the object close to your body
  • Don’t twist your body while lifting

Ergonomics

  • Learn how to adjust your office furniture to the correct position: Your back should be straight and your feet should be flat on the ground
  • Vary your work so you aren’t in one position for a prolonged period of time
  • Don’t cradle your phone between your ear and shoulder.

Storage and Equipment Safety

  • Only open one filing cabinet drawer at a time to prevent the cabinet from tipping over
  • Store heavier items on bottom shelves
  • Keep loose clothing and long hair away from machinery such as shredders and space heaters,

Fire Safety

  • Keep paths to fire exits clear
  • Do not block sprinklers
  • Pay special attention to cords and maintaining electrical equipment, and
  • Know your office’s fire escape plan.

 

Building contractor Allowing employees to work without fall protection

Construction companies have a history with OSHA for ignoring safety standards. OSHA inspectors observed roofers working without fall protection. To avoid heavy OSHA fines and safety violations, companies should provide workers with fall protection such as guardrail systems, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. Protect workers from overhead hazards by providing head protection. keeping your employees safe will save you $55,000 in FINES

Anheuser-Busch cited for safety violations at Columbus factory

Avoid safety violations!! Follow OSHA regulations

WKBN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced citations of Anheuser-Busch for two repeat and eight serious safety violations following a February inspection of its Columbus brewery’s ammonia refrigeration system, according to an OSHA release.

Proposed penalties against the company, which makes Budweiser and Bud Light beers and other beverages total $92,400.

The violations were cited under OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standards, which contain specific requirements for managing highly hazardous chemicals in work processes. One such chemical is anhydrous ammonia, widely used as a refrigerant in industrial facilities, including breweries. Ammonia can be a health hazard because it is corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs, in addition to being flammable.

“Anheuser Busch has a responsibility to ensure the safe operation of its refrigeration systems by implementing an engineering process for the detection and control of potential ammonia systems releases,” said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s…

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